Smithfield Market is an adaptation of London's prestigious meat market into a centre for the creative industries and a world class arts and events venue for the City of London.
The proposal reinvigorates the area as a cultural destination and completes the culture mile from Farringdon to Moorgate, linking a number of major cultural attractions including the Museum of London and the Centre for Music.
The building is remodelled to become a multi-layered and multi-functioning space. The ground floor houses a flexible event space for contemporary arts, creative industry exhibitions, expos and events. The basement houses the creative industries, including workspace, conference space and fabrication space.
The rotunda ramp, once used by horses and carts to access the basement, is transformed into a spiralling promenade exhibition centre.
The building celebrates the drama of its productive and sensory past, with opened up elements providing expressive moments for circulation, break out and spectacle.
Client: City of London Corporation
Architect: New Makers Bureau
Heritage architect: Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture
Engineer: Expedition Engineering
Sustainability specialist: Useful Simple
Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Artist / workspace specialist: Something & Son
Food futures / uses specialist: Donald Hyslop